I have just been exploring for myself the stye of Italy, how they mix in perfect harmony their rich cultural heritage with artisan design and modern day developments. The Shop IVO Milan is the perfect example of this, located in Padova or Padua – a town you could easily miss being so close to Venice. It is well worth a visit for the old botanical gardens and the beautiful colours seen in Giotto’s frescos. Padova is a great location for a new course I’ll be teaching in September involving all aspects of the handbag industry. We’ll be visiting companies who want to share, show and discuss their unique expertise. Of course if you want to get a taste of Italian style from the second world war to present day there’s still time to see The Glamour of Italian at the V & A.
Even though it’s still January our passion for Spring and love flora can be seen on the high street and in Designer ranges. Gucci with the fresh look of the British countryside. Flowers can be seen as needlepoint embroideries, printed and applique for every occasion. Its a really fresh look the designers are really showing different styles of illustration from sketchy flowers to classic blooms. As there are so many flower prints in garments is this to give a real mix of different patterns or for the consumer who only wants to carry flowers?
The term backpack was first used in the USA in 1910 . The backpack, which is normally seen as a practical nylon/canvas bag on a back of a tourist or student has for the last few years been going through a transformation from the stylish leather of Alexander Wang to Chanel’s graffiti backpack to the very versatile Zara bag that can be used as a shopper . This is definitely on trend for Spring/Summer 2014.
Christmas is a good time for handbags with no real fit issues they are an ideal present so all major stores have bags in their London windows. Harrod’s windows by Mulberry takes their Autumn advertising campaign imagery into the amazing woodland wonderland designed by Shona Heath. She also worked on the advertising campaign with the photographer Tim Walker.